AOR Heaven [Release date 10.09.21]
Peter H Nilsson’s debut ‘Little American Dream’ was a very enjoyable AOR/ West Coast listen and still played regularly by this reviewer. The good news is that this follow-up album sees Nilsson still teamed up with US vocalist Chris Biano, who between them wrote all the songs on here bar one. Joining them are drummer Darrell Nutt, Antonio Morales on keyboards and bassist Patrik Adiels, who played on the previous album.
Plenty of AOR treats on here with hummable choruses aplenty to be had on the likes of ‘Fire and Thunder’ and ‘Time To Remember’. Nilsson and Biano are a great match, with Nilsson himself laying down a few tasty solos throughout the album.
On the title track Nilsson contacted the horn session group Blåsemafian from Oslo, who add a bit of pizazz to the song, giving it a strong Toto feel. A musical idea that works well and hopefully another collaboration could be in the offing on the next album?
‘The First Time’ is a melodic slab of bliss, with a tasty guitar riff, plenty of keys and one of those instant choruses that stick in your head for days afterwards.
More of the same, namely highly polished AOR with the soothing, melodic vocals of Chris Biano a key part of the album’s sound. It is nothing you won’t have heard before but it is done with style, a glossy production and lots of AOR-tastic tunes. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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